Dream When You're Feeling Blue: A Novel

New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Berg takes us to Chicago at the time of World War II in this wonderful story about three sisters, their lively Irish family, and the men they love.
As the novel opens, Kitty and Louise Heaney say good-bye to their boyfriends Julian and Michael, who are going to fight overseas. On the domestic front, meat is rationed, children participate in metal drives, and Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller play songs that offer hope and lift spirits. And now the Heaney sisters sit at their kitchen table every evening to write letters–Louise to her fiancé, Kitty to the man she wishes fervently would propose, and Tish to an ever-changing group of men she meets at USO dances. In the letters the sisters send and receive are intimate glimpses of life both on the battlefront and at home. For Kitty, a confident, headstrong young woman, the departure of her boyfriend and the lessons she learns about love, resilience, and war will bring a surprise and a secret, and will lead her to a radical action for those she loves. The lifelong consequences of the choices the Heaney sisters make are at the heart of this superb novel about the power of love and the enduring strength of family.

From the Hardcover edition.

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By Jana (Conroe, TX) · ★☆☆☆☆ · March 12, 2008
Okay, it is a nice beach read, but here is my beef with this book.

1) In order to take the reader back to the 1940's WW2 era, they threw in every random fact about life on the home front into this book. (Not actual quote...) "I left my victory garden to go bake the sugarless cake I would be sendin... ...more
By Amy (Chicago, IL) · ★★★☆☆ · July 12, 2007
I picked up this one for our summer reading program. Of course it's fun to read about the city I live in during a different time period. This is Chicago in 1943 during the second world war, when so many young guys were being shipped overseas. Three Irish sisters, Kitty (the glamour girl), Louise... ...more
By Sara (The United States) · ★★☆☆☆ · April 30, 2008
This book was SUCH a disappointment. I'd heard of the author, kept seeing the book around, and decided to give it a shot. It started out okay and got better as the story moved forward. Some of the period references got old (for example, instead of just mentioning rations, the author went on and o... ...more
By Caroline (Cambridge, MA) · ★☆☆☆☆ · June 10, 2007
I've enjoyed many of other Elizabeth Berg's novels, which are well-written summer "quick reads" with satisfying endings, but thought that this one was a clunker. The story revolves around three Irish Catholic sisters in Chicago during World War II. Berg's novel shouts, "I did research on World Wa... ...more
By Julie (Minneapolis, MN) · ★★☆☆☆ · March 05, 2008
I've never been over the moon for any Elizabeth Berg book I've read, but sometimes they hit me at the right time and they're the perfect light read. This was not one of those books, and I really wanted it to be. It's set in Chicago, on the home front, during WWII. if nothing else, I expected to l... ...more
By Sam (Canada) · ★★★★☆ · November 04, 2007
This book takes place in Chicago during WWII and tells the story of 3 sisters who correspond with friends and lovers who have gone to war. Lots of description of what it was like to live in the times and you do get transported into the era.

I actually listened to this book, and glad of it, as ther... ...more
By Faydene (Reno, NV) · ★★★★★ · November 24, 2008
I had to dry my tears to come add this lovely book to my list. It is an engaging story of 3 Irish sisters in Chicago during World War II. Debbie, you will love this book. ...more
By Sarah (Charlottesville, VA) · ★☆☆☆☆ · February 25, 2009
Four discs into an 8-disc book, I'm bailing. I gave it a lot of play, because I really like the WWII home front setting, but...

This book was TERRIBLE. It had all the character depth and dialogue truth of Nancy Drew (whom I'm not criticizing, because she is a mid-century series character written f... ...more
By Kaarin (Mesa, AZ) · ★★☆☆☆ · February 15, 2009
I listened to this on CD read by the author. I wasn't a fan of her reading style. I also was bothered by her writing style.
I liked the basic premise of the story very much, and was occassionally surprised by the subtle yet believable growth a couple of her characters experienced--though most of... ...more
By Jackie (The United States) · ★★★★☆ · February 16, 2009
I found this to be a great little read. I mean "little" because of the amount of pages, not quality. I have always been interested in the World War II era, and this story made me feel like I was truly there in the moment, writing countless letters to young soldiers fighting in Europe or the Pacif... ...more